BPN-Biologics Resources

Researchers participating in the Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network for Biologics receive grant funding (a UG3/UH3 award or U44 award if a small business) and no-cost access to biotherapeutic development consultants and contract research organizations (CROs).

Research Grants (UG3/UH3 or U44)

All projects that enter BPN-Biologics begin with a UG3 phase (or U44 Phase I) of up to two years, which should be used to complete all lead optimization activities (for Discovery-stage projects) or any additional preparatory activities needed to initiate IND-enabling studies (for Development-stage projects). This phase will also be used to engage the LDT in establishing a detailed research plan and go/no-go milestones for all subsequent work.

Projects can enter BPN-Biologics during the Discovery or Development stage and may seek support through phase I/first-in-human testing. Discovery involves biologic agent characterization and optimization in order to identify a suitable development candidate. During the Development stage, a candidate undergoes preclinical toxicology testing required for an IND and manufacturing, ultimately advancing to phase I/first-in-human testing. BPN-Biologics-supported Development activities include chemical manufacturing and controls (CMC), formulation development, toxicology studies, regulatory support, and phase I/first-in-human testing.

Breakdown of 5-year funding cycle


Each Lead Development Team receives support from BPN-Biologics consultants. Consultants are assigned to a project with considerations for the project team's individual needs and consultants' expertise.

Current Consultants

Contract Research/Manufacturing Organizations

BPN researchers receive no-cost access to the network's Contract Research Organizations (CROs). LDTs plan and coordinate studies conducted by BPN CROs.

The list of CROs/CMOs to be decided.

Informational Resources

Examples of Activities for BPN-Biologics Projects(pdf, 176 KB)

NIH Stem Cell Information

FDA Guidance Documents

FDA CBER Standard Operating Procedures and Policies (SOPPs)

Example Target Product Profiles: Target Product Profile (TPP)(pdf, 189 KB) 

Example Agent Profiles: 

                   Example Antibody Profile(pdf, 100 KB) 
                   Example Antisense Oligonucleotide Profile(pdf, 105 KB) 
                   Example Viral Gene Therapy Profile(pdf, 118 KB) 
                   Example Peptide or Protein Profile(pdf, 100 KB) 


BPN-Biologics Staff

Program Director
Dr. Mario Skiadopoulos 

Health Program Specialists
Ms. Elena Barnaeva
Ms. Shruthi Thomas


Project Manager

Dr. Chris Boshoff

Operations Coordinator
Ms. Natasha Davis

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